NEW DELHI, Feb 24 � The controversial Land Acquisition Bill was introduced by the Government in the Lok Sabha today amid vociferous protests by an NDA ally as also the entire Opposition, reports PTI.
Almost the entire Opposition staged a walkout, calling the Bill �anti-farmer and anti-poor.�
As Rural Development Minister Birender Singh sought Speaker Sumitra Mahajan�s permission to introduce the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015, virtually the entire Opposition was on its feet and members of the Congress, SP, TMC, AAP, RJD and Left, among others, trooped into the Well.
Raju Shetty, whose party Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathana is an NDA ally, also opposed the measure, saying it would be disastrous for the farming community. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tried to placate the Opposition members, saying the BJP Government was willing to discuss all provisions of the Bill, but his efforts went in vain.
Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said the Bill, which seeks to replace a land ordinance, was �anti-farmer and in fact anti-people.�